4 Layer Chocolate Cake with Mint Flavor Icing

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I saw a cake like this on my Facebook feed and decided to recreate it. I loved the original recipe but wanted to try my own recipes to make it this time.  I made too much chocolate ganache as it overtook this cake, so next time I will only use half of the ganache.  But let me tell you this cake was DELICIOUS!  Would be a great cake to make and take anywhere!  We loved it!

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1 small box of instant chocolate pudding
  • 3/4 c vegetable oil
  • 3/4 c sour cream
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract

Cake Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Throw all of the ingredients into your mixing bowl and mix on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Pour into greased cake pans. ( I used two 9 inch pans and lined them with foil for easy removal.  I sprayed the foil lightly with cooking spray oil.)
  • Bake the cakes for 22-25 minutes.
  • Let cool completely.
  • I used a cake leveler to cut each 9inch round into two pieces.  This is optional but will give you four thin layers as opposed to two layers.

While the cake bakes and cools, go ahead and make the icing.

Icing Ingredients and Directions:

Mint buttercream icing (goes between the layers)

  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t peppermint extract
  • 4-5 cups of powdered sugar (about half of a two pound bag)
  • 4 T heavy whipping cream
  1. Place the butter (softened to room temp) in your mixing bowl and beat for 5-6 minutes until it is light, fluffy, and almost pale in color.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
  3. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar.  It will look a little dry but that’s ok.
  4. Now mix in the heavy whipping cream and mix for a couple of minutes.
  5. Optional step: add a drop or two of green food coloring for a fun “mint” look.
  6. Spread the mint icing between the chocolate cake layers.

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Chocolate Mint Buttercream Icing (covers the entire cake)

  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t peppermint extract
  • 4-5 cups of powdered sugar (half of a two pound bag)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 T heavy whipping cream
  1. Place the butter (softened to room temp) in your mixing bowl and beat for 5-6 minutes until it is light, fluffy, and almost pale in color.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
  3. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder.  It will look a little dry but that’s ok.
  4. Now mix in the heavy whipping cream and mix for a couple of minutes.
  5. Spread the chocolate mint icing all around the sides and the top of the cake.

 

To decorate:

  • You will need two small boxes of Andes mints.
  • I made a border of the bottom of the cake with the mints and chopped some to put on the top as well.
  • To make the chocolate ganache: melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet.) and 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream together in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second intervals until melted.  Only took a minute total for mine and it looked funny until I really mixed it well. Then poor that ganache over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides. I used double that amount and it was too much!
  • Throw the chopped Andes mints on top for a final decoration.

Hope you enjoy my version of this cake!

 

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